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Storage facility a bright spot for group

| Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003

Organizers of the annual Christmas Light-Up event say a new metal storage building in Findlay's Clinton Park could keep the lights blazing for more years to come.

They have been concerned that their elaborate light displays will be damaged the longer they remain in storage in five cramped, leaky trailers between holiday seasons.

"We need more space, and someplace dry," said Patty Faux, a member of the light-up committee in charge of the annual event.

For the past 13 years, the nonprofit committee has leased the park to stage a drive-through holiday lights display. Families in each car make a donation, and corporate sponsorships keep the event going. Proceeds are donated to local charities.

This year, Christmas Light-Up will be from 5 to 10 p.m. daily, beginning Nov. 22 through Jan. 4. Special events include two performances by the West Allegheny School District stage choir and a live Nativity scene one night.

Lights and electrical equipment now are stored in trailers on the site of the defunct sewage treatment plant in the park. After a contract between the township and the committee is approved, a 1,000-square-foot metal storage building will replace the trailers on the same site. The building cost $10,000 and the foundation cost $10,000, said Lloyd Faux, committee treasurer.

"The building will become the township's, and we will lease it to the committee," said Gary Klingman, Findlay manager. The township plans to pay all utilities.

Some points still need to be worked out, including who will construct the building.

"All construction will be the responsibility of the committee," Klingman said during the supervisors meeting last week. But Faux said Monday that they are counting on the township to build it.

Supervisors want the committee to remove the equipment from the building if the committee disbands or the event is no longer held. "The building will stay with us," Klingman said.

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